mainspring


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mainspring

the principal power spring of a mechanism, esp in a watch or clock
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If I was to go, that 'ouse would run down like a watch with the mainspring out.
The mainspring is vanity, assisted by the love of garlic and bread and butter.
HEEP, and only HEEP, is the mainspring of that machine.
For the mainspring of the story was that in spite of the man's absorbing selfishness, his wife (overpowered by his deportment) had, to the last, believed in him and had, on her death-bed, in the most moving terms, confided him to their son as one who had an inextinguishable claim upon him and whom he could never regard with too much pride and deference.
He was, indeed, the Custom-House in himself; or, at all events, the mainspring that kept its variously revolving wheels in motion; for, in an institution like this, where its officers are appointed to subserve their own profit and convenience, and seldom with a leading reference to their fitness for the duty to be performed, they must perforce seek elsewhere the dexterity which is not in them.
His Diocesan Synod and Visitations were the mainsprings of the world to the one; Cambridge to the other.
The slide has standard cocking serrations, while the frontstrap and mainspring housing are checkered at 25 lines per inch.
Key features include crisp single-action trigger with firing pin safety, Picatinny rail, 20-line per inch grooves on front strap and mainspring housing for maximum control, match-grade barrel, recessed plunger tube for rigid stability, external extractor for increased consistency and Novak sights.
He brings more than 25 years of human resources experience to Palladium, having established world-class credentials leading departments at a number of organizations, including IBM, Mainspring, The Boston Consulting Group and Fidelity Investments.
A trick often used by Beretta shooters is to remove the stock mainspring and replace it with a mainspring from the double action only Beretta 92D and DS models.
One of shooting's great mysteries involves the mainspring housing of the Government Model pistol, The one on the original 1911 was flat but when we got to the 1911A1 it became arched.
As the bolt handle is lifted this angled surface cams the cocking piece back, compressing the mainspring.